Kumtor considers responsible environmental management an important part of its business.
This includes maintaining a department of nearly 25 dedicated full time environmental staff, and on-site and regional monitoring of water, air, biodiversity, soils & sediments, radiation and waste. The Company attaches great importance to conservation of the region’s biodiversity and has worked with stakeholders concerned about nature conservation since the start of operations, including contributing to the creation of the Sarychat-Eertash Nature Reserve (SCER), established in 1995. Kumtor has partnered with Fauna & Flora International – the world’s longest established international conservation body – to support biodiversity conservation projects within the SCER. Kumtor is proud of its support in this area, and since mining started, regional wildlife numbers of key species such as the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep have increased.